Compositing Effects

Material below was adapted from the 2019 IB Film Teacher Support Material

Project Description

It is important that the editor is familiar with basic techniques involved in layering footage in post-production

  • Create a simple 30-60 second short where a student appears to be talking to themselves on screen using various spilt-screen techniques


  • Create a blog post titled, Compositing Effects
  • Copy and paste these headings into the post:
    • Summary
    • Inquiry
    • Action
    • Reflection
  • Complete the Inquiry section
  • Complete the Action heading
    • Embed the final split screen video in this section
    • Write what skills/choices you performed/made are observable in the film in the Action section
  • Complete the Reflection section
    • Reflect on how this activity has shaped your understanding of how an editor can positively or negatively shape how a film is perceived through your work in post-production
    • Include some evidence from the Evidencing the Role section of this project
  • Complete the Summary section
    • Describe the what and why of the project

Evidencing the Role – Editor

Students are likely to generate the following types of evidence for assessing their work in the role of the editor:

  • Evidence of research for the chosen genre, influences, techniques and skills learned relevant for the role
  • Notes from collaborations with other production team members such as emails, storyboards, photos, drawings for all three phases
  • Notes on scripts and storyboards with editor notes (including justifications for any changes made to the original script)
  • Production notes written after each day of shooting
  • Screengrabs of editing sequence before and after major changes have taken place, showing evidence of colouring, transitions, effects, and so on
  • Post-production notes—before and after each day of editing: a set of expectations for each day and a list of what was achieved or not achieved; notes on ways to solve problems
  • Evidence of notes and reflections after test screening

Required Components


Reflect on watching, discussing, and/or writing about films in preparation for this project
Identify areas of filmmaking that excite and inspire you about this project
With your team, develop filmmaker intentions you would like to achieve through this production work

Selected a film production role
Research/Acquire techniques required to work in this role
Plan for practically exploring the chosen film production role in order to acquire, develop and apply skills, and to fulfill stated filmmaker intentions


Undertake a range of practical production activities in the chosen film production role
Experience working both individually and collaboratively in film activities
Grapple with the skills associated with the film production role
Attempt to effectively fulfill stated filmmaker intentions


Make clear links to the identified films and filmmakers that inspired this work
Reflect on explorations and on the impact this learning has had on your understanding of the film production role and the extent to which they fulfilled their filmmaker intentions.